Exam marking appeals to be overhauled, says watchdog

The BBC is reporting that Ofqual says there will be “significant improvements” to the process of appealing against GCSE and A-level results.

Ofqual chief Glenys Stacey told the Commons Education Select Committee that proposals for a better system would be announced later this month.

Last year the number of appeals against grades soared to more than 400,000.

Exam boards charge fees for re-marking. One of them, AQA, received £4.7m last year from schools and parents.

Evidence revealed by the OCR exam board suggests that independent schools were disproportionately likely to challenge exam results.

There were more than 77,000 grades changed last year as a result of schools and parents paying for papers to be re-marked.

Ms Stacey told MPs that some schools sent back large numbers for re-marking “come what may”.

Such a “strategic” use of the appeals process “doesn’t seem particularly fair”, she told the select committee.

There was a recognition that there was a problem with the current system, said Ms Stacey, and she promised there would be plans to make substantial improvements to create a process that was “swift, effective and fair”…

The current system has a wide range of fees for re-marking, with fee levels and the numbers seeking re-marks suggesting the system cost schools and parents more than £10m last year.

…Head teachers’ leader Brian Lightman says that the cost has worked against some state schools, which have not been able to afford to get second opinions for so many of their students.

“Clearly many independent schools can afford to submit large numbers of re-marks whereas some state schools will struggle financially. Parents often pay for them,” said Mr Lightman, leader of the ASCL head teachers’ union…

More at: Exam marking appeals to be overhauled, says watchdog

 

See also from the BBC: Is the cost of exam re-marking putting off state schools?

 

Are you reassured by the comments being made here by Glenys Stacey? 

Do you agree that the current system is working in the favour of independent schools because they are more able to afford re-marks as a strategic move?

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  1. acet2001

    SchoolsImprove Much needed. This year’s antics from CIE have displayed a contemptuous attitude towards staff and pupils alike.

  2. acet2001

    SchoolsImprove Much needed. This year’s antics from CIE have displayed a contemptuous attitude towards staff and pupils alike.

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